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Board of Governors

If you would like to reach any of the CCA’s board members, please see the contact information below their biography or e-mail the CCA secretariat at info@ccarts.ca.

Amir Ali Alibhai

Amir Ali Alibhai

Chair of the Education Committee (Ontario) 2011 – 2014 In January 2012, Amir Ali Alibhai moved to Toronto  as consultant for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s project to establish the Aga Khan Museum,  scheduled to open in October 2013. For three years prior to this move, Amir served as executive director of the Greater Vancouver Alliance for Arts and Culture. Amir is well known to most artists throughout the Lower Mainland in BC, and across the province and the country through his work as an artist, curator, educator, volunteer and...

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André Leclerc

André Leclerc

Secretary (Quebec) André Leclerc is co-founder and partner at Gagné Leclerc Groupe Conseil. He has more than 25 years of experience in the cultural sector. As a consultant, he specializes in strategic management and planning for a number of public administration and cultural organizations at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. He has a vast knowledge of the arts sector, having been managing director of programs at the Conseil des Arts et des letters du Québec (CALQ) and later, a member of the board of directors of the Société de...

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Arden Ryshpan

Arden Ryshpan

Treasurer & Chair of the Finance...

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Clothilde Cardinal

Clothilde Cardinal

Chair of the Awards Committee Clothilde Cardinal is co-artistic and general director of Danse Danse. After completing her undergraduate studies in communications at UQAM and receiving a graduate diploma in cultural management from Hautes Études Commerciales in Montreal and the University of Ottawa, Clothilde knew that she was destined to pursue a career in arts management and the performing arts. Having worked as a coordinator for several theatre companies (Les Deux Mondes, Carbone 14 and UBU), she received a personal grant from the Canada...

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Erika Beatty

Erika Beatty

Governor (Nova Scotia) Erika Beatty is CEO of Symphony Nova Scotia, one of the most broadcast and recorded orchestras in the country. Erika has worked in the arts for more than 20 years and for the past 15 years, has held leadership positions with orchestras in New Brunswick, Mississauga, Niagara and Winnipeg before making Nova Scotia her home in 2007. She is also a volunteer board member for Orchestras Canada, served on the Cultural Policy Advisory Committee for the City of St. Catharines and the Regional Municipality of Niagara and has...

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George Murray

George Murray

Governor (Newfoundland) George Murray is an accomplished writer and arts administrator living in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Artistically, he is recognized worldwide as a a poet with five acclaimed books and a publishing record spanning all continents. He also writes arts journalism for magazines and news papers such as Maisonneuve, the Globe and Mail, The Guardian, the Toronto Star, etc. In 2009, George was a judge for the Governor General’s Literary Award and has himself been nominated for several prestigious prizes in Canada and the US....

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Ivan Habel

Ivan Habel

Governor (British Columbia) 2011-2013 Since April 2011, Ivan Habel is general manager for The Belfry Theatre, dedicated to producing contemporary plays, with an emphasis on Canadian works.  Previously, Ivan was director of Green Thumb Theatre, a company specializing in touring new productions for youth across the country.  Ivan has held various arts administration posts including director of planning and education at the Stratford Festival, director of production at the Shaw Festival and various positions with Live Entertainment including...

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Jason van Eyk

Jason van Eyk

Governor (Ontario) In May 2011, Jason van Eyk was named Executive Director of ArtsSmarts – an innovative model of arts-centred, in-school partnerships that push the boundaries of learning, redefine the environment of schooling, and re-imagine student success. Jason may be new to ArtsSmarts, but he is no stranger to the transformational power of the arts, personally and professionally. While his first love is music – Jason holds an M.Mus from the Eastman School of Music – his practice has been aligned with arts education and...

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Kathleen Sharpe

Kathleen Sharpe

President & Chair of the Audit Committee (Ontario)     Kathleen Sharpe is a senior manager and administrator in government and the cultural sector. She has been executive director of the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund since its inception in 1999. The Fund, a unique program established to support cultural tourism attractions through a combination of grants and loans, has committed over $40 million to almost 400 organizations around the province. Prior to OCAF, Kathleen was director of the Culture Division of the Municipality of...

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Luc Fortin

Luc Fortin

Vice President & Chair of the Governance Committee (Quebec) Since 2006, Luc Fortin has been president of the Quebec Musicians’ Guild, a professional association of more than 3200 freelance musicians. A partner of the American Federation of Musicians and member of the International Federation of Musicians, the Guild defends and promotes the economic, social, moral and professional interests of its members. Fortin is also a board member for the Canadian Conference of Musicians, which unites Canadian musicians’ associations who are...

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Nicole Matiation

Nicole Matiation

Governor (Manitoba) 2011-2013 Nicole Matiation is the executive director of On Screen Manitoba. This past year, she was the project manager for Manitoba’s Culture Days initiative. Nicole has an MA in media arts from Concordia University and has held communications, development, programming and management positions in the arts sector for 20 years. This includes work at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal coordinating an in-house film festival and a video distribution project using animated shorts to teach English and media...

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Robert Spickler

Robert Spickler

Past President & Chair of the Nominating Committee (Quebec) Ex-officio Robert Spickler has worked in the education and cultural sectors for over 35 years. He was the co-founder, co-director and administrative director of Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui (1970-1979) and administrative director of Théâtre du Nouveau-Monde (1985-1987). Mr. Spickler has also held various positions at the Canada Council for the Arts (1983-1985 and 1987-1990). From 1990 to 1995, he was the executive director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and from 1996 to 2008,...

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Skip Kutz

Skip Kutz

Governor (Saskatchewan) 2011-2013 Skip Kutz, a Saskatchewan based musician and university educator, has studied with Guy Fallot of the Paris Conservatory and Warren Benfield, principal bass of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As a performer, he has played with many ensembles including the Orchestre Jeunesses Musicales, the Congress of Strings as well as the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. As a contemporary journeyman bassist, he has performed with Colin James, the Mamas and Papas, Almeta Speaks, Sierra Noble and many other artists across...

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Tom McFall

Tom McFall

Chair of the Membership Committee (Alberta) Tom McFall is the executive director of the Alberta Craft Council, Alberta’s largest provincial arts service organization. The Council operates the second largest public gallery in Edmonton and the only gallery in Alberta dedicated to craft culture. The Craft Council organizes 15 to 20 exhibitions annually for Edmonton, Calgary, provincial and occasionally national or international audiences. The Council also provides a wide range of career and marketing services for emerging and professional craft...

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Board of Governors

If you would like to reach any of the CCA’s board members, please see the contact information below their biography or e-mail the CCA secretariat at info@ccarts.ca.

Amir Ali Alibhai

Amir Ali Alibhai

Chair of the Education Committee (Ontario) 2011 – 2014 In January 2012, Amir Ali Alibhai moved to Toronto  as consultant for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s project to establish the Aga Khan Museum,  scheduled to open in October 2013. For three years prior to this move, Amir served as executive director of the Greater Vancouver Alliance for Arts and Culture. Amir is well known to most artists throughout the Lower Mainland in BC, and across the province and the country through his work as an artist, curator, educator, volunteer and...

read more

André Leclerc

André Leclerc

Secretary (Quebec) André Leclerc is co-founder and partner at Gagné Leclerc Groupe Conseil. He has more than 25 years of experience in the cultural sector. As a consultant, he specializes in strategic management and planning for a number of public administration and cultural organizations at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. He has a vast knowledge of the arts sector, having been managing director of programs at the Conseil des Arts et des letters du Québec (CALQ) and later, a member of the board of directors of the Société de...

read more

Arden Ryshpan

Arden Ryshpan

Treasurer & Chair of the Finance...

read more

Clothilde Cardinal

Clothilde Cardinal

Chair of the Awards Committee Clothilde Cardinal is co-artistic and general director of Danse Danse. After completing her undergraduate studies in communications at UQAM and receiving a graduate diploma in cultural management from Hautes Études Commerciales in Montreal and the University of Ottawa, Clothilde knew that she was destined to pursue a career in arts management and the performing arts. Having worked as a coordinator for several theatre companies (Les Deux Mondes, Carbone 14 and UBU), she received a personal grant from the Canada...

read more

Erika Beatty

Erika Beatty

Governor (Nova Scotia) Erika Beatty is CEO of Symphony Nova Scotia, one of the most broadcast and recorded orchestras in the country. Erika has worked in the arts for more than 20 years and for the past 15 years, has held leadership positions with orchestras in New Brunswick, Mississauga, Niagara and Winnipeg before making Nova Scotia her home in 2007. She is also a volunteer board member for Orchestras Canada, served on the Cultural Policy Advisory Committee for the City of St. Catharines and the Regional Municipality of Niagara and has...

read more

George Murray

George Murray

Governor (Newfoundland) George Murray is an accomplished writer and arts administrator living in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Artistically, he is recognized worldwide as a a poet with five acclaimed books and a publishing record spanning all continents. He also writes arts journalism for magazines and news papers such as Maisonneuve, the Globe and Mail, The Guardian, the Toronto Star, etc. In 2009, George was a judge for the Governor General’s Literary Award and has himself been nominated for several prestigious prizes in Canada and the US....

read more

Ivan Habel

Ivan Habel

Governor (British Columbia) 2011-2013 Since April 2011, Ivan Habel is general manager for The Belfry Theatre, dedicated to producing contemporary plays, with an emphasis on Canadian works.  Previously, Ivan was director of Green Thumb Theatre, a company specializing in touring new productions for youth across the country.  Ivan has held various arts administration posts including director of planning and education at the Stratford Festival, director of production at the Shaw Festival and various positions with Live Entertainment including...

read more

Jason van Eyk

Jason van Eyk

Governor (Ontario) In May 2011, Jason van Eyk was named Executive Director of ArtsSmarts – an innovative model of arts-centred, in-school partnerships that push the boundaries of learning, redefine the environment of schooling, and re-imagine student success. Jason may be new to ArtsSmarts, but he is no stranger to the transformational power of the arts, personally and professionally. While his first love is music – Jason holds an M.Mus from the Eastman School of Music – his practice has been aligned with arts education and...

read more

Kathleen Sharpe

Kathleen Sharpe

President & Chair of the Audit Committee (Ontario)     Kathleen Sharpe is a senior manager and administrator in government and the cultural sector. She has been executive director of the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund since its inception in 1999. The Fund, a unique program established to support cultural tourism attractions through a combination of grants and loans, has committed over $40 million to almost 400 organizations around the province. Prior to OCAF, Kathleen was director of the Culture Division of the Municipality of...

read more

Luc Fortin

Luc Fortin

Vice President & Chair of the Governance Committee (Quebec) Since 2006, Luc Fortin has been president of the Quebec Musicians’ Guild, a professional association of more than 3200 freelance musicians. A partner of the American Federation of Musicians and member of the International Federation of Musicians, the Guild defends and promotes the economic, social, moral and professional interests of its members. Fortin is also a board member for the Canadian Conference of Musicians, which unites Canadian musicians’ associations who are...

read more

Nicole Matiation

Nicole Matiation

Governor (Manitoba) 2011-2013 Nicole Matiation is the executive director of On Screen Manitoba. This past year, she was the project manager for Manitoba’s Culture Days initiative. Nicole has an MA in media arts from Concordia University and has held communications, development, programming and management positions in the arts sector for 20 years. This includes work at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal coordinating an in-house film festival and a video distribution project using animated shorts to teach English and media...

read more

Robert Spickler

Robert Spickler

Past President & Chair of the Nominating Committee (Quebec) Ex-officio Robert Spickler has worked in the education and cultural sectors for over 35 years. He was the co-founder, co-director and administrative director of Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui (1970-1979) and administrative director of Théâtre du Nouveau-Monde (1985-1987). Mr. Spickler has also held various positions at the Canada Council for the Arts (1983-1985 and 1987-1990). From 1990 to 1995, he was the executive director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and from 1996 to 2008,...

read more

Skip Kutz

Skip Kutz

Governor (Saskatchewan) 2011-2013 Skip Kutz, a Saskatchewan based musician and university educator, has studied with Guy Fallot of the Paris Conservatory and Warren Benfield, principal bass of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As a performer, he has played with many ensembles including the Orchestre Jeunesses Musicales, the Congress of Strings as well as the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. As a contemporary journeyman bassist, he has performed with Colin James, the Mamas and Papas, Almeta Speaks, Sierra Noble and many other artists across...

read more

Tom McFall

Tom McFall

Chair of the Membership Committee (Alberta) Tom McFall is the executive director of the Alberta Craft Council, Alberta’s largest provincial arts service organization. The Council operates the second largest public gallery in Edmonton and the only gallery in Alberta dedicated to craft culture. The Craft Council organizes 15 to 20 exhibitions annually for Edmonton, Calgary, provincial and occasionally national or international audiences. The Council also provides a wide range of career and marketing services for emerging and professional craft...

read more